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Swimming and Diving Weekly Release #8

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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Dec. 12, 2006

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Male Swimmer of the Week

 

Joey Weber

Levin, Real lead the way as Loyola sweeps Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week awards

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS -- Loyola University Chicago junior Tom Levin (men's basketball) and Rambler senior Jenna Real (women's basketball) have been named the Horizon League Scholar-Athletes of the Week, League commissioner Jonathan B. LeCrone announced Tuesday (Dec. 12).

Levin turned in his best effort of the season in Loyola's 76-42 victory over Loyola University New Orleans last Saturday (Dec. 9), posting yearly-high totals of eight points, five rebounds and two steals. The junior forward hit all three of his shots from the field including a pair of three-pointers. He has been a key contributor off the bench throughout the season, helping the Ramblers to a 7-3 record.

In the classroom, Levin carries a 3.58 grade-point average as an economics major. He was a member of the Academic All-League team last winter and also earned a spot on the circuit's Academic Honor Roll in each semester during the 2005-06 season.

Nine women's soccer players honored on<i> Soccer Buzz </i>Magazine's All-Region Teams

Release  Horizon League · December 12, 2006

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INDIANAPOLIS - Nine Horizon League women's soccer players were recognized by Soccer Buzz Magazine as the Internet publication announced its All-Great Lakes Region teams on Monday (Dec. 11).

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee had the most honorees with sophomore Sarah Teegarden and junior Ginny Graczyk placing on the top squad, while sophomore keeper Erin Kane (Second-Team) and freshman Louise Vraney (All-Freshman) also earned accolades.

Graczyk and Kane anchored the Panther defense this season. Graczyk played every minute of every game at a central defender post and Kane finished eighth in the country in goals against average (0.49) in helping UW-Milwaukee to the second round of the NCAA Tournament for the second-straight year. UWM set school records for wins (16), shutouts (16) and goals-against average (0.44).

Men's Basketball Weekly Release #6

Release  Horizon League · December 11, 2006

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Horizon League Player of the Week

Keston Roberts, Youngstown State
Senior * Guard * Brooklyn, N.Y. (Erasmus Hall/(Connors [Okla.] State J.C.)
Roberts averaged 21.5 points in two victories last week. He scored a game-high 21 points Sunday as the Penguins defeated defending League champion UW-Milwaukee, 68-65, for YSU's first win in Milwaukee since 1991. He hit nine of 17 shots from the field including a pair of three-pointers. Roberts opened the week with 22 points, eight rebounds and two assists in Youngstown State's victory over Lock Haven on Tuesday. For the week, he shot 50 percent (18-of-36) from the field and collected 11 rebounds in the two games.

Other Top Performances for the Week Ending December 10

Mike Green, Butler
Jr. * G * Philadelphia, Pa.
Green led the Bulldogs in scoring in both games last week, recording a season-high 21 poinst versus Ball State on Wednesday and adding 18 in a loss at Indiana State on Saturday. Green shot 50 percent from the field (11-of-22) for the week.

Women's Basketball Weekly Release #6

Release  Horizon League · December 11, 2006

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Player of the Week

Nicole Soulis, UW-Green Bay
Senior * Forward * Green Bay, Wis.
In two big home wins last week, Soulis led all scorers as the Phoenix avenged a pair of big losses from last season. Against Iowa Dec. 7, Soulis' 17 points led all scorers as UW-Green Bay topped the Hawkeyes 67-43. Then, versus Indiana State Dec. 9, Soulis was on fire, converting on her first six field goals and finishing 11-of-14 on the day for a game-best 23 points. Soulis also added a season-high three assists in the victory over the Sycamores. With the 40 points scored last week, Soulis now stands in eighth place on the Horizon League's all-time scoring chart with 1,516 points.

Other Top Performances from the Week Ending Dec. 10

Skroce, Bubonja, Fleak recognized as <i>College Soccer News</i> announces postseason honors

Release  Horizon League · December 11, 2006

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- Another day, another set of awards for Horizon League men's soccer. The latest accolades came Monday (Dec. 11) as College Soccer News announced its All-America and All-Freshman teams, with University of Illinois at Chicago senior forward Tonci Skroce named to the publication's Third-Team All-America squad. Teammate Jovan Bubonja and Wright State University forward Braden Fleak earned Second-Team All-Freshman recognition.

For Skroce, it marks the second All-America honor in a week as the 2006 Horizon League Player of the Year was a Second-Team choice by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) last week. Skroce netted seven goals (including five match-winners) and seven assists while leading the Flames to their first loop title since 2000. The Flame striker earned First-Team All-Horizon League honors for the second time in his career, adding this year's award to his 2005 citation.

Bubonja ranked fourth in the nation with his 0.373 goals-against average. Bubonja allowed only eight goals (never more than one in any match) while stopping 76 shots in his 1,930 minutes of play for a .905 save percentage which ranked third in Division I. The Flame netminder posted a school-record ten shutouts in 2006, earning the League's Goalkeeper of the Year award and First-Team All-League honors and helping UIC to a spot among the nation's top 25 teams for most of the season.

Horizon League women's soccer teams, individuals place among nation's statistical elite

Release  Horizon League · December 8, 2006

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Indianapolis, Ind. - Horizon League women's soccer had two teams compete in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in conference history, but that was not the only success the League had on the national stage as several individual and team performances ranked among the country's best, according to the final women's soccer statistical release by the NCAA.

The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee finished the year with the third-highest shutout percentage (0.727) in the nation, turning in clean sheets against 16 of its 22 opponents. Coincidentally, the Panther defense also held the opposition to just 0.44 goals per contest which placed the squad fourth in Division I. Sophomore keeper Erin Kane anchored the UWM defensive effort with the nation's eighth-best goals-against average, compiling a League record 0.486 mark.

In 2006, UW-Milwaukee won its seventh-straight Horizon League regular-season championship and earned the first at-large bid into the NCAA Tournament in team history. The Panthers then advanced on penalty kicks against Michigan following a 0-0 draw. In the second round, they played No. 1 Notre Dame tough before falling 1-0. With an overall record of 16-4-2 the Panthers also had the 12th-highest winning percentage (0.773) in the nation.

UIC men's soccer team wins national statistical title as stingiest defense

Release  Horizon League · December 8, 2006

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- After spending much of the season among the nation's top 25 teams, the University of Illinois at Chicago men's soccer team was promoted by some media outlets as a possible challenger for the national championship. The Flames didn't reach the Men's College Cup in St. Louis, Mo., last weekend, but they did win a title of sorts, topping the nation with the stingiest defense in all of Division I.

UIC's 0.36 goals-against average led the nation, with Monmouth University (0.45), Fairleigh Dickinson University (0.46) and Lehigh University (0.48) next in line. UIC's average also ranks fifth in NCAA Division I history and the best since the University of Evansville set the record at 0.24 in 1990. Indiana University (0.25 in 1979), George Mason University (0.35 in 1982) and Clemson University (0.36 in 1983) are the only other Division I programs that can claim better season-long averages than UIC.

On an individual basis, UIC redshirt freshman Jovan Bubonja ranked fourth in the nation with his 0.373 goals-against average. Bubonja allowed only eight goals (never more than one in any match) while stopping 76 shots in his 1,930 minutes of play for a .905 save percentage which ranked third in Division I. The Flame netminder posted a school-record ten shutouts in 2006, earning the League's Goalkeeper of the Year award and First-Team All-League honors.

Horizon League players honored on AVCA All-Midwest Region volleyball team

Release  Horizon League · December 7, 2006

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Dec. 7, 2006

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Indianapolis, Ind. -- The Horizon League was well represented when the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) announced the 2006 All-Region teams, Wednesday, Dec. 6.  The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee placed Leanne Felsing and Cheryl Hegemann joined University of Illinois at Chicago standout Ambria Springer on the Midwest Region team.  University of Wisconsin-Green Bay setter Betty Slinger received Honorable Mention for the Midwest Region as well.

Senior middle blocker Hegemann was named the League's Player of the Year after propelling the Panthers to a regular-season League title, and subsequently helped UW-Milwaukee claim the Horizon League Championship and an automatic berth into the NCAA tournament.  She led UW-Milwaukee in kills and blocks during the regular season and was also named the League's Offensive Player of the Week twice.  Hegemann is ranked in the top 10 in five Horizon League statistical categories for the season and is now UW-Milwaukee's all-time blocks leader. Hegemann stands at second in the League in points per game with an average of 4.58 and is ranked third in the circuit in kills with 3.61 per game.  The senior also averaged 1.10 blocks per game to complete her outstanding play at the net.

Junior setter Felsing earned all-region recognition thanks to her strong overall play. An all-Horizon League honoree, she ranks among UWM's all-time top 10 in digs, assists and aces and in the top 15 in kills.  The highlight of her season came Oct. 20 at Cleveland State University, when she collected 12 kills, 20 digs and 24 assists for the seventh triple-double of her career.  She earned College Volleyball Update's National Player of the Week after that performance.  Earlier in the season, Felsing was named the Most Valuable Player of the Bama Bash and was a two-time Horizon League Offensive Player of the Week honoree.  In addition to her triple-double, she had 18 double-doubles this season.

Loyola guard Blake Schilb takes time out for a Q&amp;A with the Horizon League

Release  Horizon League · December 7, 2006

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Dec. 7, 2006

Why did you decide to attend Loyola University?

They were the only school who stayed loyal to me throughout the course of my prep year, and I also pride myself on being a very spiritual person and Loyola is a Jesuit institute close to home.

 

What is the best aspect of being a part of Loyola's basketball team?

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